Social networks like Fb and Twitter combat misinformation every day, and most notably took steps final yr through the US presidential elections when it labelled former US President Donald Trump’s many social media posts as deceptive. Fb has now introduced that it’s going to label posts associated to local weather change shared by customers on the platform.
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In a blog post shared earlier immediately, Fb stated it was increasing its Local weather Science Data Middle, which additionally options deep dives into numerous subjects associated to local weather change. Whereas it at the moment exists in the UK, France, Germany and the US, the CSIC will now be accessible by customers in India, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Eire, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Spain, South Africa and Taiwan.
The corporate stated it already ship customers to the CSIC who’ve looked for climate-related phrases in international locations that had assist for the middle. Asserting that they have been beginning to add assist for “data labels” to posts on local weather in the UK. These posts would ship folks on to the CSIC. Fb additionally stated these new labels would broaden to extra international locations quickly.
Nevertheless, what’s oddly lacking from Fb’s weblog submit is the sort of posts that shall be marked or labelled. “To debunk the myths with present and particular information, we’ve introduced in local weather communication specialists from the George Mason College, the Yale Program on Local weather Change Communication and the College of Cambridge,” the weblog submit stated.
“Misinformation about local weather change lengthy predates the web, however has been tremendously amplified in our new digital world. This new mythbusting part of the Fb Local weather Science Data Middle may help elevate public local weather change consciousness and understanding worldwide,” Dr Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale Program on Local weather Change Communication stated in an announcement.